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Whose heritage do we honor when building—and destroying—monuments?

What’s the function of a monument? Who should be honored with one—and who gets to decide? Richard Leventhal, a professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore these questions in the second annual James Conlon Memorial Lecture.

September 25, 2017

Science & Technology

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Grant will examine link between ‘dirty’ brains and Alzheimer’s

A $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging brings together scientists from the Medical Center and engineers from the River Campus to develop a detailed understanding of the brain’s waste removal system.

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September 20, 2017
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Governor Cuomo announces support for University-led data science consortium

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $20 million in state support for the creation of a Rochester Data Science Consortium at the University of Rochester, with Harris Corporation as the consortium’s first partner.

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September 14, 2017
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Quadcast: Rebooting the brain for better vision after a stroke

Krystel Huxlin has developed rigorous visual training that can restore some of the basic vision lost to traumatic brain injury, stroke, or a tumor. Here Huxlin discusses how this therapy teaches undamaged parts of the brain to take over.

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September 14, 2017

Society & Culture

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Romanian professors hone entrepreneurial skills at Ain Center

Over the next three years, 18 professors from the eastern European nation will have had the chance to take classes, meet business leaders, and return home to incorporate what they’ve learned into their own programs.

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September 22, 2017
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What’s vinyl got to do with it?

As new technologies take form, they often change habits and practices in ways few could have predicted at the time. At this week’s Light and Sound Interactive conference, Darren Mueller will examine vinyl’s impact on creating and consuming music.

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September 11, 2017
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75 years ago, courts upheld detention of Japanese Americans


“Greater awareness of the Japanese-American internment can help the nation avoid repeating the conditions that led to violating the rights of so many innocent people,” says Joanne Bernardi, a University expert on Japanese culture.

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August 31, 2017

The Arts

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Douglas Crimp to discuss memory and writing

The theme of this year’s Humanities Center lecture series is “Memory and Forgetting,” and in this first lecture, art and cultural critic Douglas Crimp will discuss “Relying on Memory: From AIDS to Merce Cunningham.”

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September 19, 2017
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Mysteries shape Joanna Scott’s newest novel

Careers for Women, a new novel by English professor Joanna Scott, had its beginnings in her attic where she rediscovered a paper bag full of newspaper clippings that she’d collected in the wake of September 11, 2001.

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September 19, 2017
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Remembering John Ashbery

John Ashbery was memorialized as one of America’s premiere poets upon his passing earlier this month. English professor James Longenbach reflects on a long friendship with Ashbery and his impact on poetry and literature.

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September 13, 2017

In Photos

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Slam-dunking success

September 22, 2017

Former Los Angeles Lakers NBA star Byron Scott meets with athletes from the women’s basketball team for a “shoot-around” in the Palestra, part of a visit to discuss his book, Slam-Dunking Success: Leading from Every Position on the Court.

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Student Life

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Team Meliora looks to future after Hult Prize experience

While they may not have been selected for the Hult Prize finals, Team Meliora is continuing their efforts to build homes for refugees, using Lego-style bricks made from recycled plastic.

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September 14, 2017
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National Suicide Prevention Week raises awareness of campus mental health resources

One-third of college students have seriously considered suicide. The University offers support for students or friends of students facing depression or suicidal thoughts.

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September 11, 2017
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Pursuing their passions: Meet the Class of 2021

More than 1,400 first-year University students began their college journey when classes started Wednesday on River Campus. They come from 105 nations and 42 states, and they all have a story. Here are six of them.

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August 30, 2017

Voices & Opinion

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How business schools can help women attain leadership roles

Women’s Equality Day annually marks the adoption of the 19th Amendment. But nearly one hundred years later, “women are far from equally represented in corporate leadership ranks,” writes Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at the Simon Business School.

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August 26, 2017
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Making Rochester an epicenter of light and sound innovation

Rochester has the unique potential to become an international hub for light and sound innovation, according to Joel Seligman and David Munson, presidents of the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively.

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August 22, 2017
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In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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May 26, 2017

University News

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Gift from Alan ’66 and Jane Batkin establishes professorship in Jewish studies

In recognition of her scholarship and teaching acumen, Nora Rubel has been named the inaugural holder of the Jane and Alan Batkin Endowed Professorship in Jewish Studies.

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September 22, 2017
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Message from the University of Rochester Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has appointed a Special Committee to oversee an independent, comprehensive investigation into all matters involving the EEOC Complaint. 

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September 19, 2017
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Alumni gift strengthens athletics and data science

In recognition of a gift from University trustee Stephen Biggar ’92 and his wife, Elisabeth Asaro-Biggar ’92—both former varsity soccer players— the entryway to Genesee Hall and the Boehning Varsity House will be named the Big “R” Atrium.

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September 19, 2017